One of the biggest authors in the contemporary crime fiction world will be visiting New Zealand soon, with news just breaking that Michael Connelly will be here on 24 May, for a 'one night only' feature event in central Auckland.
Last year I was fortunate enough to interview Connelly by phone for an article in the Weekend Herald, New Zealand's biggest newspaper (read "King of crime offers clues to success" here), and it was an absolute pleasure to talk to him for more than an hour about all manner of things. Along with being a top-drawer storyteller, he is a very intelligent and humble guy, generous with his time and insights.
The next couple of months are a pretty busy and exciting time for Connelly and his readers; not only does he have a new book coming out soon, THE FIFTH WITNESS, which continues his 'Mickey Haller series', but the big-screen adaptation of the first Haller book, the acclaimed THE LINCOLN LAWYER, will be hitting cinemas. I understand it is likely that the New Zealand event may be tied to the film release, as well as his books.
You can watch a trailer for the film, and read some exclusive comments from Connelly about the making of the film and his thoughts on the adaptation (from my interview last year), here.
You can also read my 9mm interview with Connelly here.
It's been a rough week here in New Zealand, and things are going to stay rough for many people for a long time (help out here). But I must admit, this news of Connelly's upcoming visit has brought a smile to my face this morning.
Do you read Michael Connelly? Do you prefer the Bosch or Haller books? Are you looking forward to the film adaptation of THE LINCOLN LAWYER? If you're a local, will you attend the event? Thoughts and comments welcome.